Low Blood Supply
This week I attended the Connect Life Blood Collections Committee meeting. During the meeting, the seriousness of the nation's low blood supply was discussed, throughout the pandemic, the growing instability of blood inventories across WNY, and the need for increased conservation as hospital demand goes unmet was discussed. The severity of this situation continues to escalate as staffing challenges and the inability to host larger drives prevent them from restocking inventories as expected. Connect Life is committed to improving the future supply and has taken aggressive measures to recruit and retain staff. However, they stressed it would be months before they will regain the staffing levels needed to keep pace with the current demand.
If you would like to help with the blood supply, please click here to find a blood drive to donate or click here to donate at STHCS!
Alicia and I were able to attend the meeting of the EMS for Children Program Advisory Committee which was hosted by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems. This advisory committee advises the department, the commissioner, the state emergency medical services council, the state emergency medical advisory committee, and the state trauma advisory committee regarding all aspects of emergency medical services for children, including, but not necessarily limited to, pediatric emergency medical, trauma, and disaster care, and the early care of maltreated children and children with special health care needs.
It was great to be able to attend this meeting and update the state on our progress toward establishing Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators at each EMS agency across the state. We look forward to being able to attend the Vital Signs Conference next month and promoting this project as well!